The UK Government’s new Kickstart Scheme, aiming to pair unemployed young people with an industry that needs them, has seen nearly 20,000 jobs created in its first week.
The scheme gives 16-24-year-olds “a future of opportunity and hope”, a Government statement said.
It has already created 19,672 subsidised jobs, as well as receiving 4,359 applications from employers across Great Britain.
The scheme offers jobs in sectors such as film and TV, communications, fitness, tech, construction and charity.
On a visit with the Prime Minister to a Tesco warehouse yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak met some young people set to start their Kickstart placements next week.
Other businesses including Bloomberg, British Chambers of Commerce, Network Rail, Barnardo’s, YMCA, LADbible Group, Tech Nation, The Royal Mint, KFC, and Farrow & Ball have also committed to support the scheme.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Our country’s future will be built by the next generation, so it’s vital that we harness the talent of young people as we rebuild from the pandemic.
“But this isn’t just about kickstarting our economy, we’re giving opportunity and hope to thousands of young people, kickstarting their careers and offering them a brighter future.”
Work and Pensions Secretary, Thérèse Coffey, said: “Every job created by the Kickstart Scheme is a potentially life-changing opportunity for a young person, and the heartening response of employers shows they recognise the huge value in giving youth a chance.
“The pandemic has hit young people hard, but we are doing everything in our power to give them hope and the chance to find their place in the world of work.
“Employers from all corners of the country have signed up, creating thousands of new and interesting jobs and helping us to level up as we build back better.”